Samuel Adams Boston Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by doktorhops:
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
In light of the recent terror attack in Boston I was somewhat hesitant to review this, even though it had been sitting in my fridge for over a week. But then I thought that the brave, resilient people of Boston would be the first to raise a glass in honour of those who didn't make it and toast to swift justice to the perpetrators of this heinous act. To Boston I raise my glass and review this in the hope that we put an end to senseless acts of violence everywhere: Slàinte!
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: A slight murky amber body with a sticky chalk head that laces the glass well.
S: This brew has a great mix of English ale and American hop aromas: caramel base, some sugar syrup (actually comes off with a maple tinge), sour yeast, with earthy but floral hops in the background. This is classed as a lager but it has the fragrance of a classic pub ale.
T: Very good! The aroma carries over with caramel, sugar syrup, sour yeast and those earthy/floral hops. It's got decent body as well - a bit syrupy, and it also manages to be refreshing whilst being sweet. The finish is a medium hop bitterness, showing this to be a very well balanced beer.
M: As mentioned; syrupy, with a medium body and light carbonation.
D: This is one classic session brew. Easy to drink, morish, with enough complexity to keep me coming back for another- I am well impressed. Only thing that might hold it back is the body, it can be a little on the heavy side if I had one compliant, however it is definitely up there with some of the best brews I've had, and a lager to boot!
Food match: Everything that you can find that is honey-glazed; ham, chicken, pork chops, carrots, potatoes, pecans and pears, ground to a fine paste on toasted bread.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2013 10:54:43 | More by doktorhops
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2.83/5 rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Riedel Lager Glass. It was consumed with dinner on a hot Kansas evening after a round of golf.
I loved the appearance of this beer. Its deep bronze colour was impressive, it poured with a thin head that lasted for most of the beer and there was cool looking lacing as I drained the beer from the glass.
The first thing I detected was the malt, before I even had a good smell of the beer. I guess this should be no surprise given it is a Vienna Larger.
Although full-bodied, I found the beer to be one-dimensional. There was nothing on the mid or back pallet and I felt the malt overpowered the hops.
As the beer warmed I could start to detect some bitterness on the back pallet, maybe there was a hint of roasted almonds as well?
There was a crisp mouth feel to the beer.
I was told by many people that this is the 'Rolls Royce' of American Largers - maybe the hype was built up too much. I guess it is well put together beer, however, I don't think I will be having it again.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 00:44:57 | More by Renaissance_Man
4.61/5 rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
my opinion of this brew has gotten better with time. I think the can option actually results in more flavor. Jim K has really sold me on this one - great, rich taste, color, head ... truly drinkable and enjoyable. so much character - and like JK says, today's BL is better than it was originally - super experience !
Serving type: can
07-23-2014 23:52:44 | More by Tom_the_bomb
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,663 ratings.